How To Speak Like A Professional
You have a message, a story or an idea that you would like to pitch to the world; but if you do not have the capabilities to get that message across, the world will never be able to witness the greatness that was within you. Just look at the famous profiles throughout history, including Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and more recently; former President Obama. Whatever they had to say, they said it in such style and presence that has to this day; left a profound impact.
Thus, and since public speaking is a large part of my work; I would like to show you how you can speak and make a difference with all of the wonder that is within you.
The first is to have a message. Of course, the first step is to have something of deep impact (and positive) that you would like to express to others. Some people speak for the sake of speaking or worse; they simply repeat material that has been used by many other people thus reducing its effect on the audience. With everything that is happening in the world today, or from a business perspective; there is always something to be said as well as that potential for a strong message to be taken away from such words.
Next, it is all about how you deliver that message. Public speaking is both a skill and an art. It is a skill because you should be able to stand (or sit) in front of anyone and say what it is that you need or want to say, at any given time. It is also an art because the manner in which you speak determines the resulting value as well as the impact that you leave with your audience. Speed, pronunciation, breath, tone and body language. All of these are core elements that can render a speech memorable as well as unforgettable.
Although body language is a very important trait to become a good public speaker, you also need to take care of how you look. Looks are not everything in life, but paying attention to how you dress, how you stand with the clothes that you are wearing, how your clothes interact with your body movements while speaking; in addition to how you simply feel wearing those clothes and how they reflect stage lights should you be speaking at an event; all of these are elements to consider that can render a substantial difference should you be delivering a speech or presentation in front of a large audience.
It is important to look good for your audience, but then comes the interaction part. It is without a doubt that people have (or have not) paid to come and listen to you, or in the case of a social gathering; people have chosen to spend those few minutes listening to what it is that you have to say. In exchange, in order to make a true difference and whenever this would be possible and permissible; you need to be able to engage with your audience to drive interaction and create a strong ambience where thoughts and ideas are exchanged related to the topic that you are talking about.
Last but not least, when you are speaking at any given moment; make sure that you adopt your own systemic style wherever you are asked to speak. You hear and see many people who present very high levels of energy when speaking in public but then when you see them in private; they are completely different. An effective speaker will create, develop and adopt his or her style that is unique and consistent within every setting and environment.
The art of speaking is very important to me in both business as well as social and personal contexts. Which is why I strongly encourage you to make sure to speak up, because the words that you pronounce may have the capability to drastically improve the lives of the people around you as well as to make great things happen.